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Old 06-23-2007, 07:19 AM
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I agree on the egalitarianism...but come on guys, it was the Queen!! Maybe Máxima and WA still give the impression of a less-formal thing because they're still a) young and b) Princes. But if Beatrix came around, boy I would stand up. Even if she's not MY Queen!
It is usual and is done everywhere that all raise when the Queen or a member of the Royal House enters the room.

This was just an accident: all people were in an animated chat and no one was aware that the Queen and her escorte were coming in. I have seen it on other events: the Queen entering a concert hall and she has stepped forward a few metres when suddenly a silence falls and the first rows all raise, causing a 'wave' until the whole audience has raised. Often it is with an applause as well.

Only at very formal events, a herald shouts "De Koningin!" or you hear a fanfare or the sound of rolling drums.

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Old 06-23-2007, 11:23 AM
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Thanks for the video! It did seem as everyone wasn't aware of their entrance until the end. She looks wonderful.
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Old 06-23-2007, 12:58 PM
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Thanks for the video! It did seem as everyone wasn't aware of their entrance until the end. She looks wonderful.
What is your opinion of the Princess' English? As a non-native English speaker it is difficult for me to judge on this.

By the way, I really like the wonderful amber-coloured marble ballroom in Noordeinde Palace. With the grand chandeliers, the golden accents and the large green doors it is a grand, representative room but still feels 'warm' and tasteful (no kitsch).
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Old 06-23-2007, 01:03 PM
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It's good to see her again.

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Old 06-23-2007, 01:06 PM
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What is your opinion of the Princess' English? As a non-native English speaker it is difficult for me to judge on this.

By the way, I really like the wonderful amber-coloured marble ballroom in Noordeinde Palace. With the grand chandeliers, the golden accents and the large green doors it is a grand, representative room but still feels 'warm' and tasteful (no kitsch).
I am a native English speaker, and though it's hard to judge from a couple of speeches, her english seems very good to me. She has a strong accent, undoubtedly, but her vocabulary seems very big, and she varies the words she uses, she doesn't use the same words over and over again, that might mean the same.

And I agree with you about Noordeinde Palace, beautiful colors.
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:00 AM
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The royal house was represented by Grand Mastress Martine van Loon-Labouchere at the funeral service and the actual fuineral of Major Boshart (of the Salvation Army). HM also send a wreath with 5 ribbons: Beatrix, Willem-Alexander, Maxima, Margriet and Pieter.

The grand mastress was seated next to the prime minister and was called 'Your Excellence'.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:41 PM
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When will this family go on their usual summer vacation in Italy? Will there be a photoshoot for this or should we be content with Alexia's photoshoot?
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:08 PM
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I thought the last weeks of July and the first weeks of August are the planned holidays for The Queen to stay in Italy.

The mediaeval retreat Rocco dei Dragoni in Tavarnelle val di Pesa actually is owned by the three brothers, Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince Friso and Prince Constantijn. Already since their adolescency, by the way.

The other royal retreat, Il Elefante Felice in Porto Ercole, has been sold.
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Old 07-10-2007, 04:34 AM
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Has it already been sold? I though it was still on sale, as some in the boulevard press are commenting that Bernhards illegitemate daughters are getting impatient and want their money, which is not possible as some properties still have to be sold.
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:55 AM
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Has it already been sold? I though it was still on sale, as some in the boulevard press are commenting that Bernhards illegitemate daughters are getting impatient and want their money, which is not possible as some properties still have to be sold.
No it is not sold yet.And as to the daughters,they already had most of their share last year as Alicia has stated and was reported here and on Royalblog,all that remains is the Italian property to be sold and shared.
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:56 AM
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A pity that the Prince of Orange didn't take it, probably too public for him and his young family but still, considering the history it would have been nice...
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:11 AM
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Has it already been sold? I though it was still on sale, as some in the boulevard press are commenting that Bernhards illegitemate daughters are getting impatient and want their money, which is not possible as some properties still have to be sold.
As the old saying goes,"talk about the devil,and you step on his tail",apparently the villa has just been sold.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:39 AM
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Nice article about the elephant. Interesting that Cocky Gilles had her own place on the estate...
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:42 AM
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Nice article about the elephant. Interesting that Cocky Gilles had her own place on the estate...
That was known for years really,just as she had her own appartment at Soestdijk Palace.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:57 AM
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Incredible that Bernhard was able to pull that off and Juliana had to look the other way, even in her own house! I know that in those days royal traditions and such were different and not as 'bourgeois' as now, but still... in your own house!
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:59 PM
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Incredible that Bernhard was able to pull that off and Juliana had to look the other way, even in her own house! I know that in those days royal traditions and such were different and not as 'bourgeois' as now, but still... in your own house!
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Okay...who is Cockey Giles? Is this an affiar that Bernhard had at a residence he shared with the Queen?
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:14 AM
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Wounded lady became particulier secretaresse

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Okay...who is Cockey Giles? Is this an affiar that Bernhard had at a residence he shared with the Queen?
Ms. C.M. 'Cocky' Gilles was since 1944 the particulier secretaresse of HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld.

In september 1944 Prince Bernhard, Commander of the Interior Forces in the already liberated south of the Netherlands drove alongside the frontline and saw a heavily wounded lady lying near a dry moat. The Prince took pity on the young lady and ordered that she would receive the best care available. Despite the turbulent events in in the rest of the war (1944 and 1945) the Prince kept an eye on the care and revalidation of the lady. He thought she was reliable, loyal and trustworthy and he asked her to become his particulier secretary (= for the private affairs of the Prince. He has another secretaries for his official affairs).

What followed was a lifelong dedication to the Prince and in a sort of reflective and protective manner his particulier secretary developed into a sort of guardian shield around the Prince. Even for the family, the always and ever omnipresent 'Aunt Cocky' became part of the palace inventory. The rumours about a love affair between the Prince and the particulier secretaresse became alive when the Prince build a pied-à-terre on the estate Il Elefante Felice in Porto Ercole (Italy). Even during the summer- and winter vacations, Ms. Gilles joined the royal family in Italy or Austria.

It was Princess Margarita who, in her war against the royal family and especially against Prince Bernhard ("he is the King, not Beatrix") accused him of having had an affair with 'Aunt Cocky'. Prince Bernhard, who had admitted extramarital relationships with other ladies and the extramarital daughters he acknowledged and who share his inheritance, always and ever categorically denied any affair with Ms. Gilles.

The Prince was a very generous gentleman toward her anyway. On her old day he paid a luxury appartment for her in an exclusive residence (where also his brother Prince Aschwin and sister-in-law Princess Simone lived). It is one of those estates in The Hague, known for rich millionaires spending their old day in. I believe Ms. Gilles has died a few years ago.

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Old 07-16-2007, 04:55 AM
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Did Bernhard ever deny his involvement with Mlle Gilles? I can not recall him making any comments on the matter.
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Former Master of the Royal Mews,W.F.K.Bischoff van Heemskerck passed away - aged 89- at the hospital of Cháteau-d'Oex,Switserland on sunday,his family announced.

During the war he studied medicine and joined the resistance for which he was improsened at Scheveningen and the concentration camp Sachsenhausen.

Shortly after the war HM Queen Wilhelmina appointed him as Master of the Royal Mews and he maintained this position during the Reigns of Queens Wilhelmina,Juliana and Beatrix.

Mr.W.F.K.Bischoff van Heemskerck will be interred in Switserland on thursday.
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